Sheffield underlined their promotion credentials with another good win in National Three Midlands, four second-half tries seeing them to a 38-20 verdict over Bedford Athletic at Abbeydale Park.
But Sheffield Tigers sank to their sixth straight defeat in National Two North, going down 34-12 against Tynedale at Dore Moor.
Sheffield, who hope that their season’s exile in the Midlands will be a route to promotion into the same league as Tigers, went ahead in the opening minute when fly-half Andy Hodgson slotted over a penalty goal. The visitors replied three minutes later, but that was as close as they got. A try by flanker Ryan Seabright, converted by Hodgson, gave Sheffield a 10-8 interval lead, and they drove home their advantage with touchdowns from flanker Matt Adcock, prop Adam McKay, full-back Fergus Wood and prop Dan Rylance, all four converted by Hodgson.
Jamie Blanire and Henry Hadfield scored early for Tigers’ visitors but the Dore Moor men responded well after and were level at the break.
Ed Simmons and Steve Walker scored tries, with fly-half Angus Bowyer adding a conversion to send the sides in 12-12. However , Tynedale kicked on after the break, running in three tries including scores from Jack Harrison and Oliver Walker, to give the visitors the bonus point win.
Tigers have slipped to 13th, just three points off the bottom, with a tough trip to South Leicester ahead next weekend.
Dinnington went close to pulling off the shock of the day in North One East but in the end had to settle for a losing bonus when they were edged out 25-18 at leaders West Hartlepool.
Dinnington led 12-10 at half time and were 18-15 up with nine minutes to play, only for the leaders to swing the result with a converted try and penalty.
Flanker Ollie Rodgers scored Dinnington’s first try, and their second came from No 8 Will Marshall, back for his first senior game of the season after injury.
Jonny West converted Marshall’s try and added two second-half penalties.
Wath on Dearne saw victory snatched away from them in their Yorkshire Two match at West Park Leeds when the home stand-off put over a last-minute drop goal.
Wath scored all their points in the first half, fly-half Jack Whitlam kicking two penalties and prop James McCarthy and centre Steve Mason scoring two tries, the latter converted by Whitlam.
Barnsley were edged out 30-27 against Old Grovians at Shaw Lane.
Arran Foye scored 17 points including a try, three conversions and two penalties, with Dave Reed and Jacob Lawton both going over to give the visitors a losing bonus point.
Struggling Sheffield Medicals, still chasing their first win after 13 matches, were hammered 55-10 – by nine tries to one – in Yorkshire Two at home to Wetherby.
Stocksbridge failed to get over their rivals’ line when they went down 19-3 at Harrogate Pythons in Yorkshire Three.